On June 5, 2012, professional astronomers, photographers, and visitors from across the globe gathered at Pu`ukohola Heiau National Historic Site to witness the final Transit of Venus. Besides telescopes and solar glasses, the park offered live streaming video from NASA and the Keck Observatory, both of which were broadcasting from the summit of nearby Mauna Kea. Mahalo to those individuals who were kind enough to allow park visitors opportunities to use their telescopes and other equipment for this event.
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On August 21, 2009 President Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation in which he recognized Pu'ukohola Heiau as a place where "Americans honor the islands' collective legacy." See full text below:
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release August 21, 2009
FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF HAWAII STATEHOOD
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Did You Know?
Many noteworthy explorers visited Pu'ukohola Heiau, including Captain Vancouver (Great Britain), Captain Kotzebue (Russia), and Captain Freycinet (France), all of whom wrote about their meetings with John Young. However, when Captain Cook visited the Island, Pu'ukohola Heiau had yet to be built. More...